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The incumbent is assigned to provide telemetry monitoring for an adult/geriatric Veteran patient population in a Telemetry Monitoring Station. The incumbent will also provide comprehensive nursing care as a nursing assistant. The incumbent will provide care and monitoring for patients during the day, evening and night tours of duty. Duties include, but not limited to: The incumbent is assigned to provide telemetry monitoring for an adult/geriatric Veteran patient population in a Telemetry Monitoring Station. The incumbent will also provide comprehensive nursing care as a nursing assistant. The incumbent will provide care and monitoring for patients during the day, evening and night tours of duty. Proper lead placement Ability to recognize fatal and life-threatening heart rhythms Verifies alarm settings are within parameters Ability to provide verbal report on telemetry status of patient to clinical staff Document vital signs Performs personal hygiene to patients (including showers or bed baths) Assists with normal bladder and bowel elimination Ambulates patients Answers telephone in absence of other personnel Answers patient call system and notifies appropriate nursing staff Accurately documents measurements in clinical record Participates in patient care conferences Utilizes printed and electronic files containing sensitive information Provides input into unit goals and staff development. Therapeutic Duties/Diagnostic Duties: Assists license personnel with enemas (fleets, oil retention, tap water and soap suds). Encourages rehabilitation by assisting patients in and out of bed; ambulates patients, reinforces teaching use of cane, crutches, walkers and wheelchairs; encourages self-care as appropriate. Performs passive range of motion exercises and teaches patients active range of motion exercises. Assist with treatments such as hot and cold applications, soaks and compresses under the supervision of professional nurse. Sets up oxygen equipment and assists with its administration by collecting supplies, positioning patient and monitoring oxygen flow rate. Makes sure sufficient oxygen supplies are available while oxygen is in use. Performs oral suction. Recognizes life threatening conditions and initiates life saving measures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Encourages reality orientation in confused, disoriented patients. Gives emotional support to patients and families. Assists in the care of the patient undergoing general surgery, checking post-op dressings, noting any drainage, monitoring vital signs, maintaining proper body alignment, and observes for complications. Assists with application or removal of casts and traction. Performs bladder training as directed by professional nurse. Assures patients' use of sensory/personal devices such as glasses, hearing aids, and dentures. Assures use of adaptive self-help devices such as splints, hand straps and braces. Encourages and assists patients in self-care, such as self-feeding, toileting, walking, dressing and personal hygiene. Measures and record vital signs: temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure, pain level, weights, intake, and output, level of consciousness. Collects and labels specimens for laboratory study such as urine, sputum, and feces. Makes rounds with visual observations regarding patients' condition and promptly reports any changes such as vomiting, dyspnea, fainting, pain, gait or speech disturbances, skin disorders, (ulcers or rash, etc.) to the nurse promptly. Vaccine Mandate Expansion: The Secretary's announcement expands the previous vaccine requirements to include psychologists, pharmacists, social workers, nursing assistants, physical therapists, respiratory therapists, peer specialists, medical support assistants, engineers, housekeepers and other VHA clinical and administrative employees, all of whom come into contact with patients and health care workers as part of their duties. The expansion also includes volunteers, contractors and trainees including students, residents, and fellows. Work Schedule: Rotational Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.